YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The abandoned Bottom Dollar Food building on Glenwood Avenue in Youngstown may become a health care facility for lower-income patients.
One Health Ohio introduced its proposal to city council on Tuesday evening.
“We are requesting to purchase the property. We have an integrated health care model, so we do provide medical care, behavioral health care and dental care and all will be provided within that facility,” said Dionna Slagle, a representative from the company.
The plan is for One Health Ohio to buy the Bottom Dollar store from the city for $150,000 and invest $1.8 million in renovations.
The facility would employ 10-15 people and could be open in a year.
The Bottom Dollar is in Anita Davis’ sixth ward. She expects council to pass the proposal at next Wednesday’s meeting, allowing the board of control to do the deal.
“It’s a win-win thing for all of us all the way around. It’s a service that we need and it’s putting that building back into a really positive use,” she said.
One Health Ohio currently operates the Youngstown Community Health Center on the north side, which sees about 8,500 patients a year. Only about 1,000 of them come from the south side, where the vacant building is located.
Slagle said it was a transportation issue for people living on the south side, which is why the company wants to open a second facility in Youngstown.
“We are here for the uninsured, the under-insured and everybody. We are a federally qualified health center,” she said.
In addition to health care, the building would include a fresh foods market and community room.